Sent: Friday, November 23, 2012 8:00 AM
Subject: DYFED Digest, Vol 7, Issue 268
The surname Mendus in Dinas - part of my family tree married into the Mendus
tree.. took me a long time to make the connection to "auntie" Dilys Mendus
Howell who died a few years ago not long after her 100th birthday. She'd
always been called "auntie" in the family and even she thought it was just a
term of politeness... but I eventually found a link and that she and my
later grandfather were distant cousins.
I dont have the details to hand, but if anyone's interested let me know and
I will dig them out. and I do have some photographs of Mendus memorial
stones from Ramah Cemetery in Dinas.
funnily enough ... Peregrine .... there's another Dinas family that my
ancestors married into!
On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 6:18 AM, yvonne evans
2 things:- 1. There were Menduses at Dinas Pembrokeshire late 18th
century. I remember there was a legal document involved in one of the
Mendus men of Dinas having guardianship of a young girl together with
Vincent Oliver of Dinas. This was late 18th century. Vincent Oliver was
part of my tree.
2. There seems to have been a small immigration of
religiously persecuted people from the Netherlands having come into
Pembrokeshire around 1600. These could either have been French Hugenots
or Walloons from Belgiium. Anyway both these were Protestant people. I
have a friend who told me that her relatives were from people fleeing the
Netherlands and they arrived in Pembrokeshire(Eglwyswrw) They were called
Marsden but of course that is an English surname (which does not really
make sense) They might have adopted that surname.
I also have ancestors by the name of Peregrine who were also in Eglwyswrw
and Meline district of Pembrokeshire around late 18th century. They were
weavers.There is a family tale that they fled the Netherlands around
1600. Why these people would come to Pembs I have no idea, but apparently
they came in through the port of Cardigan. Peregrine could also be an
adopted name as it is the anglicised version of Peregrinus(Pilgrim)
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